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CLARITY – 5-3-18 Classy Response


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-3-18


Classy Response


What’s Happening:  “Mom responded to her middle-school’s daughter’s gesture of disrespect to a visit from Rep. Gaetz (R-FL) by chastising her Tuesday. The ‘flipping of the bird’ was taken in stride by Rep. Gaetz, who’s received more than a little persecution for his support of Trump ( ‘Her Congressman also had an occasional lapse of judgment as a middle-schooler. Teaching moments like this are a good thing. I had a lovely time with the students,’ Gaetz said.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “It was only a middle schooler, for crying out loud!”


Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but lessons learned young often are going to stick around in later life. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Perhaps there are members of Congress who need to learn this lesson. Self-control does not come naturally, but it is listed in the fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5:22-23. Giving the middle finger to anyone is not just a vulgar sign of disrespect, it is an immature classless way of showing displeasure….like the Congressman said, a ‘teaching moment.’”


“Christians? There is no excuse for a Christian to act un-Christianly. Vulgarity is never just laughed at (Rom. 12:14). Often, more is negatively said about the person gesturing (or speaking) than the one to whom the gesture was intended. As ambassadors for Christ, we are called to be better than that (Eph. 6:19-20).”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, show us the repercussions of our acts BEFORE we make huge faux pass. Help us to see it is more honorable (and less messy) to clean ourselves up ahead of our disagreement, not afterwards; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent


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